When Kenny Phillips was first signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, it was seen as a move with both high risk and potential high reward. After all, when Phillips is healthy he is a Pro Bowl caliber safety as he showed during the New York Giants‘ multiple Super Bowl runs.
That was always the key caveat, though – when healthy. Throughout his five year career, Phillips has never been able to stay healthy. It is a shame really. Phillips has the physical skills to be one of the best safeties in the league. He has great speed and has been a ball hawk and a play maker when he is in the lineup and 100 percent.
The Eagles cut Phillips today. There is an old saying “you can’t make the club in the tub.” Phillips simply never got out of the tub for the Eagles. It was one lingering injury after another and the only preseason action he saw was briefly in the very first game against the New England Patriots.
The safety position is very much up in the air for the Eagles. While they only signed Phillips to a one year guaranteed deal a part of the organization hoped to see the old Phillips show up, flourish, and hold down the starting job at one safety position. This never developed, and he is now one of the hundreds of pending free agents on the street after cut down day to 75. The Eagles now are left to rely on Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff to battle for the starting safety spot opposite Patrick Chung which is hardly an ideal scenario.
The Eagles took a gamble and lost. Phillips’ injuries caught up to him. It is now time to turn the page and realize Phillips’ potential went unfulfilled in Philly.